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Articles from January 2021

IWCOA Girls State Wrestling 2021

Girls State Wrestling

Ames High athletics and the Ames Community School District would like to congratulate seven members of the Ames High wrestling team on a historic weekend at the 2021 Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) Girls State Championships. The seven students who competed were the first athletes to ever wrestle at the girl’s state championships. The tournament took place on January 22 and 23 at the new Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.

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Panorama Offsite Learning Survey Results 2021

Panorama Offsite Learning Survey

In December of 2020, the Ames Community School District surveyed students, staff, and families regarding distance education and how to meet the needs of our community with our learning models, academics, and support strategies using Panorama Education. The surveys included questions around social and emotional learning, academic needs, and staff and family engagement, among others. The purpose of the survey is to gather perception data from key stakeholders as a way to set a baseline for evaluation. This was a different Panorama survey than the Culture and Climate Survey conducted in March 2020. We are still planning to do that survey again this upcoming spring. 

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Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action (February 1-5, 2021)

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

During the week of February 1-5, classrooms across the District will engage in the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, a 5-day guide to expand student understanding of the Black Lives Matter at School Principles.  

Why is the Ames CSD participating in the Black Lives Matter at School national week of action?

The Black Lives Matter at School movement, which is not formally affiliated with the Black Lives Matter Global Network or any other organization in the Movement for Black Lives, is a push to improve schools for Black students, teachers, and families. The movement is a call to schools across the nation to say and show that Black lives matter within the school walls and in the policies and practices that impact the lives and futures of Black students. The Week of Action is a time set aside to affirm all Black identities by centering Black voices, empowering students, and teaching about Black experiences beyond slavery. 

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Abbie Sawyer: Kindergarten Teacher and Principal (1894-1972)

Abbie Sawyer Graphic

“The greatest personal satisfaction I’ve had is watching these children grow up and develop,” said Abbie Sawyer, a long time teacher and later principal who devoted her career to children in the Ames School District. Sawyer is most remembered for starting the first kindergarten class in Ames in the old Central school in 1917, her first year in Ames. In 1952, she retired after 35 years in the Ames school system, and in 1962, an elementary school building was named in her honor.

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Data: More than Numbers

Data More Than Numbers Erin Meek

What does “data” mean? 

“Data” means any kind of information that can be understood or proven by a set of standards. Yes, in our district this often means different sets of numbers like grades, test scores, and attendance rates. But, it can also mean measuring things that don’t always appear measurable at first glance, such as: What are we doing to meet the needs of all students, and how can we improve?; How welcome do our learners and families feel in our district? It can also mean looking for standards of equity when resources may not always be shared equally. 

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Our Amazing Students Graphic 3

We know that this year has had some challenging moments for our students, but we have also seen them do amazing things. Share an educational moment with us that made you proud as a parent. Maybe one of your children helped a sibling with their homework, tackled a new project, or persevered through an obstacle that seemed at one time insurmountable. 

At the link below, fill out the form and share one image with us along with a 1-2 sentence caption of the photo. The images and content may be used in a variety of District content, including but not limited to the District’s website, social media, or other publications.

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Ames CSD Update (January 12, 2021)

No School Board Meeting on Wednesday, January 13

As we continue to monitor local conditions, our community 14-day case rate is hovering around the 30 benchmark. We are going to continue to monitor this rate before making a recommendation for secondary students to return. As a result, we will not be holding a Special Board Meeting on Wednesday, January 13. 

Iowa Legislative Push for In-Person Learning

There is a statewide push from some state legislators to bring students back to face-to-face instruction, essentially taking the Hybrid option away from school districts. It is our understanding that the 100% online Remote Campus model would still be an option for parents and students who desire that delivery model. When we have more information, we will certainly communicate it, but we wanted to make all our parents aware of this possibility. 

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